But while it has succeeded in that, it is also believed that tougher rules, such as DUI rules and seatbelt safety rules have also played a part in this decrease. However, this higher drinking age hasn’t reduced drinking, its only “driven it underground,” Gabrielle Glaser states in her NY Times article. It has been driven underground to the riskiest settings, high school parties and frat parties that are unsupervised. This age raise segregates the drinking away from adults that can model moderation in drinking. If an 18-year-old high school senior is shown by his/her parent(s) how to drink responsibly and in moderation, I believe that it would greatly help in reducing the chance of making bad decisions by overdoing it, such as driving while drinking.
If people aged 18 years old are allowed to consume alcohol legally, they would not consider breaking the law just to get their way, or even try to prove a point. This may cause a problem with younger people aged below 18, but that is another story. This can also lower the high rate of non-compliance with MLDA 21, where teenagers tend to get creative, procuring fake IDs and deliberately disrespecting the law. List of Cons of Lowering the Drinking Age Health
In addition, a common argument among opponents of a higher MLDA is that because many minors still drink and purchase alcohol, the policy isn't working on minors. The evidence shows, however, that although many youth still consume alcohol, they still drink less and experience fewer alcohol-related injuries and deaths (Wagenaar, 1993). There is also an argument comparing the European alcohol and drunk diving among the youth compared to the United
citizens, but these things are not worth gaining if it means causing much more harm than gain. Lowering the legal drinking age would risk in the health of younger drinkers and could result in much more traffic accidents. Overall, to keep young adults safe in the U.S. we must keep the legal drinking age at 21 years
After 3 years of demonstrating that they can abide alcohol laws and handle alcohol safely, then could then officially receive their licence and earn the same drinking rights as 21 year olds do now. Not only would this benefit young adults, it could benefit our communities by requiring a renewal fee, forcing those who can’t afford the fee, perhaps the homeless, not to purchase alcohol. Junior Sammy Mendoza, when asked about her opinion of the drinking license, said “In my opinion, drinking accidents and bad situations all stem from the lack of knowledge surrounding alcohol. With young adults being properly educated on how to consume alcohol safely, perhaps there would be less alcohol caused crimes and incidents.” Of course this is not going to prevent every single alcohol related death, but it is one way to start. The current alcohol laws both statewide and nationwide, prove unsuccessful and a more efficient way to handle the situation is to educate teens about alcohol to influence them to make wise
Having the legal drinking age at 21 is actually counterproductive in stopping teenagers and college students from drinking. In fact, it results in underage drinkers consuming even more alcohol. Since they don’t know when’s the next time they can get their hands on alcohol, they are more inclined to binge drink as much alcohol as they can. This massive consumption of alcohol in a short amount of time can lead to a lethal overdose or lethal accident such as drunk driving. If people were not afraid of being denied their alcohol, then they would not take such risks and would rather drink at a moderate pace.
Many people wish that it would go back to that. Mary Kate Cary of the US News and World Report wrote an article talking about lowering the drinking age. “There was no need for “pregaming” – binge drinking in private apartments or dorms before heading out in public” says Cary. If the drinking age was lowered we would not have to worry about college students buying and selling fake IDs, distributing alcohol to minors, and less turning to drugs because drugs are easier to get than alcohol. Also lowering the drinking age would be beneficiary
Today drinking isn't something that is uncommon in today's world. People from the ages of sixteen to eighty are drinking every single day. The only problem with drinking is alcoholism, people get addicted and do rash things that hurt them but also hurt their families. Some people use it as a gateway to step away from reality, so use it to ease the pain. I don't know if you are trying to relieve pain or step away from reality but drinking can cause cancer, it not only affects you, mixing smoking and drinking isn't good, and there are other alternatives to drinking.
By creating an open drinking culture, Carleton is creating many dangerous situations for its students. First, fewer regulations means more drinking. According to Dean Govoni in a 2004 interview, “80-85% of students drink” which is incredibly high. What is even more disturbing is around half of the student population binge drinks according to a Harvard study. Binge drinking involves drinking at a very fast rate in order to get drunk which clearly can be incredibly dangerous, especially for inexperienced drinkers.
People might think that this creates a new place for them to just get drunk and be reckless, but it actually gives them a safe place to drink responsibly so they are kept off the streets where they could be seriously harmed. In addition to the increase in customers at local restaurants and such, the government will begin to see an increase in tax. In America all types of alcoholic beverages have an overwhelming amount of tax on them. Beverages such as distilled spirits, wine, and beer are three of the most common types of alcoholic beverages. For a gallon of distilled spirits the tax placed on them is $13.50, for a gallon of beer the tax rate is $6.18, and for a gallon of wine the tax is $4.86 (“Economic Contributions of the Distilled Spirits Industry.”) With all of these new adults eager to get out and drink with their friends the government is going to see plenty of money coming from taxes on alcoholic beverages.